The San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park is proud to announce the opening of its new exhibit, No Roads Required. The exhibit will run until January 28, 2018. Experience the joy and exhilaration of off-road vehicles. Learn about off-road racing and rallies like the Baja 1000. The fun begins where the pavement ends!
The San Diego Automotive Museum has gathered an exceptional collection of off-road vehicles from many of the sport’s illustrious contributors. This exhibit features the world famous Meyers Manx, the McMillin family’s Beagle Two, the DeVercelly’s “Bull Fighter,” the Baillargeon’s Baja Bug, the Dirt Every Day Mad Maxxis Off-Road Runner, a TSCO Racing trophy truck, and an assortment of other off-road vehicles, including Steve McQueen’s 1970 Chevy Blazer. Also included are a host of off-road motorcycles including a couple of movie stars and a few championship racers on loan from the Kawasaki Heritage Hall Museum.
A little about the San Diego Automotive Museum
The Automotive Museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture. Since opening its doors in December of 1988 millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited this world-class collection.
The fabulous collection of exhibits includes Louis Mattar’s Fabulous Car, a 1947 Cadillac which he equipped with an electric stove, a refrigerator, a washing machine, a chemical toilet, an ironing board, a medicine cabinet, and, believe it or not, a kitchen sink.
The Museum offers guided tours, too—you’ll learn the intriguing history behind America’s love affair with the automobile. Come to the San Diego Automotive Museum— it’s all here! You won’t want to miss all the cool cars and bikes the museum has! Spend the day at Balboa Park and find some of the best museums San Diego has to offer.
The original idea of creating an automotive museum in Balboa Park came from Briggs Cunningham. He was a renowned automobile collector and racer. The idea circulated for many years until an inspired group of local automotive enthusiasts propelled the idea forward. In 1979, the San Diego City Council first considered the issue. A year later they gave unanimous approval to the museum and granted. And a long-term lease for one of the historic buildings in the jewel of San Diego – Balboa Park.
After spending approximately $1 million renovating and upgrading the building, the San Diego Automotive Museum opened in December of 1988. Since then millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited our world-class collection. Today the museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture.